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Pre-licensure education

Pre-licensure Requirements

Pre-license Training & Testing
Contractors getting their CCB license for the first time must complete at least 16 hours of training on law and business practices, and pass a state test. 
The person who takes the training and passes the test is the Responsible Managing Individual (RMI) for the license. The RMI must be an owner or employee of the business and exercise management or supervisory authority over the construction activities of the business. Oregon law requires a license must always have a RMI.
The training and test is valid for 24 months from the date the training was completed.
Contractors whose CCB license has lapsed for more than 24 months must complete the training and pass the test.

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Pre-licensure Providers

The CCB must approve all pre-license education providers. For the list of approved training providers, click here.

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About the training manual

The training is based on the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual.
The manual is often part of the fee for purchasing the training. Please check with the training provider.
Changes in laws or corrections to the current manual can affect test questions. The link below will provide you with the changes to the Oregon Contractor's Reference Manual.
Updates and corrections to the Oregon Contractors Reference Manual 10th edition

You are not permitted to take loose paper into the testing facility. You should make the changes or corrections directly into the manual.

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About the Test

The test is made up of 80 multiple choice questions on business practices and law. After completing the pre-licensure training, students are eligible to schedule and take the test from the approved test administrator. Passing score is 70 percent (56 correct answers).
The test is administered by Prometric and costs $85.
Click here for information on how to register, where the test sites are located and what to expect at the test site.

Students who take training using an earlier edition manual
Check to make sure your training is considered valid. (Training is valid for 24 months from the date the training was completed.) If so, you may:
   a.) Schedule to test anyway, but understand there is a strong likelihood that you will not be
        able to pass the test.
   b.) Purchase a current manual through Builders Book Depot to self-study; then schedule to
   c.) Re-take training (though you are not required to do so).
   d.) Contact your training provider to see if they have a supplemental option.

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FAQ's on Pre-licensure Training

Contractors preparing to become licensed in Oregon often have questions about the training and test. Click here to review the frequently asked questions about the training and test.

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